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Volunteers can’t collect on Title VII claims

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A bar association member volunteered to develop a program for the association on her own time, with no pay. After fending off sexual advances from the program's chairman, she sued for discrimination under Title VII. The court tossed the case out. Reason: Even though the association provided her with a work space and reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses, it didn't give her a salary or benefits. That meant she was not an employee and not entitled to relief. (York v. Assoc. of the Bar of the City of New York, No. 01-7908, 2nd Cir., 2002)

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